ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies hoped to see more from David Buchanan in 2015, but the wait continues.
Buchanan had another rough start Thursday afternoon in a 9-3 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Buchanan allowed eight hits, seven runs, three walks, one home run and struck out one in just 4 1/3 innings as he fell to 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA.
"I just want my team to win a game that I pitch in," said a visibly frustrated Buchanan. "I'm not looking at my record. I just want my team to win when I pitch in a ballgame. I don't care how it happens. 0-for-5 right now. But -- I want my team to be confident when I take that mound. I want to make sure that I start pitching that way."
Buchanan is the first Phillies pitcher in at least 100 years to finish April at 0-5. Seven Phillies pitchers had finished the month at 0-4, including Jon Lieber (2006), Curt Schilling (1994) and Shane Rawley (1988).
"He's trying to make some adjustments," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said about Buchanan. "I thought his last two [starts] showed some signs of improvement. Maybe this was just catching a hot group of hitters at the wrong time, possibly. We'll see. He has to make adjustments and go out there with some adjustments and do better next time."
The Cardinals started the bottom of the first inning with four consecutive hits to take a 3-0 lead. The Phillies tied the game in the top of the third, but Matt Adams hit a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the third to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead.
Buchanan allowed two more runs to score in the fifth.
Buchanan has allowed 32 hits and 15 walks in just 24 2/3 innings. It has left him with the highest ERA and WHIP (1.91) in the Majors.
"It's frustrating," Buchanan said. "I don't like walking guys. It's not what I was known for. I didn't do it in Spring Training and all of a sudden it's happening now. It's got to stop."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.